LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — From the United Nations and representatives of the Haitian community to U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, officials and lawmakers from the United States as well as the international community have quickly responded to and denounced reported remarks made by President Donald Trump on Thursday criticizing immigrants from what he referred to as “s—hole countries.”
Backlash on social media was immediate, with lawmakers such as U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and California Congressman Ted Lieu denouncing the President’s comment on Twitter and driving the point that such comments “do not represent America.”
Also angered by the comments was Illinois state Sen. Kwame Raoul, whose Haitian parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s.
“I don’t think there’s any apologizing out of this,” the Chicago Democrat said of Trump. “He’s demonstrated himself to be unfit, unknowledgeable about the history of this country and the history of contributions that immigrants, particularly Haitian immigrants, have made to this country.”
The international community was also quick to respond to the reported comments, with Djenane Gourgue, of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, saying she is not letting Trump’s remarks affect her anymore, adding “his actions can probably hurt more.”
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, slammed Trump for his comment.
“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States,” said Colville during a news briefing in Geneva. “I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist.”
Trump, on the other hand, vehemently denies making the comment or using the insulting language during Thursday’s meeting.
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